Elzevir Reading Circle
On April 11, Elzevir Reading Circle met at the home of Linda Topliff. President Terry Ammon opened the meeting by reading a poem written by Robert Frost titled “Two Traps in Mud Time.”
Members answered roll call by stating a fantastic part of spring they enjoy.
Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
Treasurer’s report was given and approved. The SWCC scholarship money has been paid. Motion to increasing yearly dues to $30 was made by Alice Bowers, seconded by Mary Burg. Money will not be given to the Christmas Basket next year, as many members already donate. After discussion, the motion passed.
Beth Ferguson moved to keep the same officers for next year. Jean Paul seconded and motion passed.
GFWC State meeting will be held in Fort Dodge June 24-25. If anyone is interested in attending, contact Ammon.
The meeting closed with all reciting Mary Stewart’s Collect.
Terry Madison gave the program sharing information about Gibson Memorial Library. She then reviewed the book “Abraham Lincoln In The Kitchen” by Rae Katherine Eighmey. Many recipes and other tidbits are included in the book. Questions and discussion followed.
Topliff served refreshments.
The last meeting of the year will be 12:30 p.m. May 9 at Crestmoor Golf Club.
Crest Area for Life
Crest Area for Life met 7:30 p.m. April 23 at Holy Spirit hall. Vice President Meg Crawford opened up the meeting with the right to life prayer. Eight members were in attendance.
Secretary Terry Madison read the minutes from the March meeting. They were approved.
Pat Pokorny gave the treasurer’s report. It was approved.
Velma Reigel sent out four baby congratulatory cards.
Under old business, Crawford gave a report on the booth at the Home and Garden Show March 29. There was good response.
Under new business, there was discussion on putting up a billboard at Stringtown Church.
Phyllis Allen has developed a Facebook page for Crest Area for Life.
There was a lot of support for the 40 Days of Life, which started on Ash Wednesday and ended Palm Sunday.
LifeCare in Stuart will be having its annual banquet 7 p.m. May 1 at the Saints Center.
Rich Madison made a motion, seconded by Pat Pokorny, to send money to the Knights of Columbus in Leon and Mount Ayr to help put a right to life sign up along the interstate. It was approved.
The next meeting will be 7:30 p.m. May 27 at Holy Spirit hall.
The Book Club
Nine members attended The Book Club’s evening meeting April 7 with Velma Reigel as hostess. The meeting was called to order by Reigel in the absence of officers. Retta Ripperger acted as secretary/treasurer.
Roll call was answered with members sharing comments about books they had read since the last meeting. Members had all read “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
There was discussion on recent poetry readings at various venues. Members hope they will continue and gain patrons.
A free-will offering was taken for a donation to the library. This will continue at other meetings this year.
Meg Crawford lead the discussion of “The Great Gatsby.” It was well-written, but not particularly enjoyed by any of the members.
The hostess served a fruit dessert from a table appointed with spring colors and tulips.
The next meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. May 5 with Retta Ripperger, hostess. There will be sign up for hostess and book report assignments for the new year commencing in the fall. Reigel suggested making it known which books will be reported on so there aren’t any repetitions. Members will watch “The Great Gatsby.” Everyone should bring snacks to share.
Crest Area Theatre
The monthly meeting of the Crest Area Theatre Board was held April 7. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. with seven members and three guests present.
Final plans were made for the current production, “The Hallelujah Girls,” which will be performed May 9, 10, and 11 at the SWCC auditorium in the same building as the YMCA.
The May board meeting has been cancelled because of play rehearsal.
The June board meeting will be June 2 in the Green Room at the YMCA.
Crest Area Theatre seeks to provide an opportunity for creative activity and entertainment in the theatre and to serve the community by combining the talents of local artists for dramatic, cultural and artistic developments. Membership is open to all. Visit crestareatheatre.wordpress.com or Facebook page for the location of CAT meetings and to view pictures of past performances.
Union County Genealogical Society
Union County Genealogical Society met April 28 at Gibson Memorial Library with eight members present. Jane Briley presided. Additional society brochures have been printed.
Correspondence included information on the status of a tombstone inscribed with Hattie Cowger’s name, found in Colorado, and belonging in Old Jerusalem Cemetery in Union County. Many local people were involved in solving this mystery.
Ways of presenting a beginning genealogy workshop set for September were discussed.
Elaine Brown gave the five-minute tidbit. She told of locating at least three living people with identical names, one being in her family and others probably not related. Two spouses have the same name.
Terry Madison of the Gibson Memorial Library staff gave the program. She demonstrated how to use the microfilm reader-printer. A chosen news item can be copied or sent by e-mail to a recipient.
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary
Ladies Lakeshore Auxiliary met April 30.
Canasta winners were Rose Blakesley, first; Carol Harrison, second; and Janet Kessler, third.
Barb Bills won the door prize.
Beulah McDonald will be hostess for cards and chatter May 7.